Grass Fire Erupts
The fire chief says workers at a sawmill in the Town of Liberty were burning scraps last week--and thought it was out. Little did they know what the winds would do. Video by nbc26.comvideo
TOWN OF LIBERTY--A grass fire gets out of control in a matter of minutes. The fire chief says workers at a sawmill were burning scraps last week, and they thought it was out.
"One building got burnt a little bit, and it was right up to the buildings," Karmit Liermann said.
He watched the property his lived on for years turn to ash.
"Oh yeah, a lot of smoke. It took about an hour to get from there to over there. Real fast you know," Liermann said.
The fire sparked about 1PM Monday. High winds fueled the fire--scorching close to 200 acres in a matter of minutes.
"The winds were a big issue. I was the first officer on the scene. I was 3 miles out and I can see smoke already," First assistant fire chief Keith Peterson said.
A few homeowners voluntarily evacuated. Luckily no one was hurt. Meanwhile, Liermann looks on the bright side for now.
"I know this wind is bad. It could flare up again," Liermann said.
About 17 agencies assisted with the blaze. Fire crews suggest to always call them if you need help putting out burning trash.